January 20, 2013 at 07:20 AM EST
Weekend Edition – How Bad Do You Want It?

The title above is the very question that four NFL teams will ask themselves later today, as the NFC and AFC Championship games will be played to determine who makes it to the Super Bowl.

Will Tom Brady and his three previous Super Bowl titles muster the leadership and performance required to make his record-tying 6th Super Bowl appearance of his incredible career? Or will Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis get his team fired up one more time as he gets set to retire after the season? Plenty of emotion can fuel the Ravens’ performance.

In the NFC game, will the Atlanta Falcons make football fans believe they really have what it takes? Will Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan finally break through and get his talented team to a Super Bowl appearance? Or will San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaerpernick prove to everyone that his coach ultimately made the right decision in putting the ball in his hands and not Alex Smith, who stands 100% healthy and on the sidelines, unable to get his job back because of his backup’s tremendous performance?

These are the storylines, but it will come down to how bad not just one person wants it, but the entire team as well the coaching staff who have spent thousands of hours to get the team to be where they are today. For the victors, there will be one more game, for the defeated, it will be a long time to analyze what went wrong.

When I look these situations in sports, I can’t help but think about how they relates to our own lives. For all of us to reach the level of success we may be pursuing financially, personally, and professionally, in almost every case it will come down to surrounding yourself with the right individuals, putting yourself in an environment that complements your ability, and finally, your desire to succeed.

Picking the right assets to build wealth with is a major part of how things will wind up down the road. However, your current financial situation also affects your ability to reach your end goal. It comes down to doing more than one thing well. If Tom Brady had the strongest arm in football, but didn’t know how to lead, there is no way the Patriots would be in the situation they are in year after year. Similarly, you may be great at making money, but then have trouble holding onto it because of your spending habits. Whatever your personal situation calls for, you need to take the appropriate steps to set yourself up for success.

We hope what we do at Dividend.com day after day is part of your overall wealth equation. My hope and wish is for success not just in investing, but in all the areas of life! Enjoy the games today and better yet, enjoy the journey we are all currently on to find the answers and prove to others how badly we want success as well!

One last reminder, the markets will be closed for Martin Luther King holiday tomorrow. We’ll be back on Tuesday!

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Thank you for sharing part of your weekend with me, and please be sure to pass this post on to anyone you think we can get inspired and educated about money, building wealth, and using common sense to do so.

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